The US-Iran Crisis

Killing Soleimani intended to avert a war, claims US President

Washington: Iran claims that the killing of Major General Soleimani amounts to a declaration of war against Iran by the United States. Some other countries too echo the opinion. But as per US President Donald Trump, Soleimani was killed not to start, but to avert a war. President Trump justified his actions saying that Soleimani was responsible for bloodshed right from New Delhi to London. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo also emphasised that the US decision regarding Soleimani was appropriate.

Thousands of people have swarmed the streets to protest the killing of Soleimani, shouting slogans to destroy the United States and Israel. Major General Ismail Ghani, the new head of the Quds Force has threatened that soon the dead bodies of the US soldiers will be scattered in the entire Middle East.

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British warships leave for the Persian Gulf, in view of the increasing tension  

London: Iran has threatened to avenge the killing of General Qassem Soleiman, who was killed in a US drone attack. The threat from Iran and its affiliated groups in the Middle East to the US as well as its allies continues to increase. Against this background, the United Kingdom has dispatched two warships and a unit of 50 soldiers from the Special Forces for the Persian Gulf. Moreover, the United Kingdom has permitted these soldiers to act in the event of war.  

British Defence Minister Ben Wallace has despatched two warships namely HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to the Strait of Hormuz. It is claimed that special orders have been issued to these warships equipped with anti-aircraft and anti-submarine missiles. The British nuclear submarine equipped with Tomahawk missiles has already been deployed in the Persian Gulf region. These warships have been ordered to take all the actions necessary for safe passage of British oil tankers and freight vessels.  

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Killing Soleimani, more significant than Laden and Baghdadi, former chief of CIA David Petraeus

Washington: “Qassem Suleimani was the architect and operational commander of the Iranian effort to solidify control on the Middle East. Therefore, the killing of Soleimani is more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden or even the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi,” said former chief of CIA David Petraeus. Petraeus had led the US military in Iraq in the last decade.

While speaking on a popular news channel, in the United States, David Petraeus congratulated President Donald Trump for the action against Soleimani. Petraeus said, “The United States has made an emphatic statement that those threatening the US interests in the Middle East will not be spared.”

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Iran announces an award of USD 80 million for President Trump’s head

Tehran/Washington: Iran has offered an award of USD 80 million for killing President Donald Trump, who ordered the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Before making this announcement, one of the Iranian leaders had warned of attacking the White House. The Khamenei regime has warned that Iran can go to any extent to avenge the killing of General Soleimani.

The mortal remains of General Qassem Soleimani were brought to Iran and millions came on the streets on Sunday in the city of Mashhad to bid a final farewell to the slain General. The crowds gathered for the funeral chanted slogans like ‘Death to America’. During the function organised on this occasion, a religious preacher announced this reward of USD 80 million, for President Trump’s head.

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War can spark between Iran and Israel, warns Israeli study group INSS

Tel Aviv: A renowned study group in Israel has warned, ‘Tensions have been increasing between Iran and Israel over the last few years. But the possibility of a war between Iran and Israel has become much stronger after the killing of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. A war may spark between these two countries before the end of this year on the Gaza Strip and the northern Israeli border.’

Amos Yadlin, President of the ‘Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS), recently published a report about the challenges faced by Israeli security. Amos has stated in the report that because of the political and security-related developments, a war may spark between Israel and Iran before the end of 2020. This warning is there in the report presented to the Israeli President Rivlin.

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The US should remember the number 290, threatens the Iranian President

Tehran/Washington: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened the United States in frank words of a strong retaliation, saying ‘Those who have threatened Iran referring to the number 52, should also remember the number 290 along with #IR655’. At the same time, President Rouhani warned the United States, not to threaten Iran. While President Rouhani is issuing this threat to the United States, claims have surfaced that Iran is considering 13 different options for the action to avenge the killing of General Soleimani.

Following the drone attack on Soleimani, the US President had tweeted a warning for Iran. President Trump had warned, ‘If Iran attacked the United States to avenge the killing of Soleimani, the United States has a very clear policy. The United States has identified 52 targets in Iran and the United States will launch devastating attacks on these locations.’

Read More : US denies visa to Iranian Foreign Minister, the tension increasing between US and Russia-China

New York/Tehran: Against the background of the rising tension between the United States and Iran, it has come to fore that the United States has refused to grant a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister, Jawad Zarif. China and Russia have resented the US decision and have said that it was the duty of the United States to grant a visa to the Iranian Foreign Minister. At the same time, the United States expressed displeasure that Russia and China created obstacles when the United States presented its stand on the attack on its embassy in Iraq.

The United States took action against Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in the last week. Soleimani was killed in the US attack. The tension between the United States and Iran has been consistently increasing since then and a meeting of the security council has been convened to discuss the issue. Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif made a visa application to be present during the meeting.

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40 killed in a stampede in Iran

Tehran: Forty people were killed and 48 were injured in a stampede triggered during the funeral of the slain General Qassem Soleimani, which was attended by thousands of people, in the city of Kerman in Iran. Millions had assembled to bid a final farewell to Soleimani. Media claimed that this is the first time since the last three decades that such a vast crowd had gathered in Iran. But the agencies were unable to manage the crowds which resulted in a stampede, sending another wave of disappointment across Iran.

The mortal remains of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, killed by the United States in the last week, were brought to his birthplace, Kerman in Iran, on Tuesday. Soleimani was known as the second most influential leader in Iran, after supremo Ayatollah Khamenei. Therefore, millions of Iranians gathered in the city of Kerman from Monday night to pay the last tribute to their slain leader.

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US military withdrawal will spell disaster for Iraq, US President Donald Trump

Washington/Baghdad: US President Donald Trump has warned, ‘US military withdrawal from Iraq will be the worst development for Iraq in the time to come. Iran will spread its wings in Iraq following the US military withdrawal and that will not be in anybody’s interest.’ The Iraq parliament had passed a resolution to expel the US military from Iraq, following the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis of the Iranian armed group by the United States. US President issued a spate of warning after this and he seems to have, once again, lambasted Iraq over the subject on Tuesday.

Nearly 5,000 US soldiers were deployed in Iraq as a part of the international force to counter the terrorist organisation IS. The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution on Sunday that the military agreement in this regard should be prematurely terminated and the US soldiers should be asked to leave the country. The Kurdish and Sunni leaders staged a walkout from the parliament in support of the US military deployment in Iraq.

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176 killed in the crash of passenger airliner in Iran

Tehran: A Boeing 737, travelling from Iranian Capital of Tehran to Kiev in Ukraine crashed, killing 176 people. The crash took place after the Iranian missile attacks on the US military bases in Iraq. Therefore, a strong suspicion is being expressed globally, that this may not be a simple accident. Therefore, no one is ready to believe that engine failure caused the crash. More importantly, Iran has refused to hand over the black box, of the crashed airliner, to the United States.

Iran launched nearly 15 missiles on the US military bases in Iraq. Thereafter, the Boeing 737, that took off from the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran for Kiev in Ukraine crashed. The airplane crashed at Parand, nearly 60 kilometres from Tehran and videos of the crash are available. It is claimed that an engine on the aircraft failed, within 3 minutes from take-off, resulting in this crash. 

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Dreadful massacre by Iran-affiliated group in Syria, claims Syrian news channel

Damascus: An Iran-affiliated group carried out a dreadful massacre in the Madan region, killing 21 villagers. A Syrian news channel informed that the dead includes three children. The news channel claimed that this group perpetrated this massacre to avenge the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Whereas, the Assad government has claimed that IS terrorists were responsible for the killings.

This incident occurred at the border of the Deir Al-Zor and Raqqah provinces in Syria. As informed by the Syrian news channel, the attack was launched on a group of shepherds in the Madan region. The Syrian news channel claimed that all the villagers were killed in the attack. One of the journalists claimed that these villagers were either shot dead or stabbed with sharp weapons. It also pointed out that this massacre was perpetrated just four days after the killing of Qassem Soleimani.

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